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World Renown Forensic DNA Experts Converge at MassBay for Conference and Debate

Thursday, September 29, 2011

WELLESLEY HILLS, MA (September 29, 2011) - MassBay Community College is proud to host its second, three-day conference on DNA and Civil Liberties. The Conference will be held from November 10 – 12 on MassBay’s Wellesley Hills campus, 50 Oakland Street.

The Conference theme is to advance collection, chain-of-evidence and analytical methodologies in forensic DNA analysis and to debate the impact of the controversial forensic methodology, “Familial Testing”, on American Civil Liberties

The Conference will focus on Forensic DNA Analysis of human remains, in particular, bones, and will feature three of the world’s foremost scientists in the field, Dr. Bruce Budowle (recently retired from the FBI), Dr. Daniel Vanek (who identified of the remains interred in the Mass Graves of the Bosnian War) and Richard L. Tanton (International Center for Missing Persons).

The Conference culminates in a debate on “Familial Testing” on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm in MassBay’s auditorium. Moderated by nationally syndicated radio talk-show (CBS “NightSide”) host, Dan Rea, the debate will feature nationally known attorneys, prosecutors, and scholars, who will argue the highly controversial use of “Familial Testing” in criminal cases and its impact on American Civil Liberties. This lively debate is open to the public and will delve into the intersect of law and science and its possible effect on the Constitutional rights of American citizens.


  • For general conference information contact: Alyssa Zajac (; Telephone: 781-239-2285)
  • For scientific information regarding the conference, contact: Dr. Bruce Jackson(; Telephone: 781-239-2285).